School of drama

School Notes: School of Drama
July/August 2018

James Bundy ’95MFA | http://drama.yale.edu

Playwriting alumna receives Pulitzer Prize

Martyna Majok ’12MFA was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Cost of Living. The play, which was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in 2017, examines diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver. Recognized for giving the voiceless a voice in her plays, including people who are immigrants, women, and the disabled, Majok, who was born in Poland and raised in New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois, is also the author of Sanctuary City, queens, and Ironbound.

Campus spaces renamed to honor Drama community

Seven spaces on the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre campus were renamed this spring in honor of remarkable artists whose outstanding achievements have had profound impact on the School of Drama and Yale Rep, and the wider field. The school and Rep facilities offer some of the most visible and regular opportunities to recognize the cultural diversity of the drama community and art form. With input from the school’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group Naming Spaces Action Group, including hundreds of nominations from faculty, staff, students, interns, and alumni, the deans jointly announced the seven honorees: set designer and teacher Ming Cho Lee; dancer, actor, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade; acting alumna Julie Harris ’47Dra; and playwrights Maria Irene Fornes, Harry Kondoleon ’81MFA, Wendy Wasserstein ’76MFA, and August Wilson.

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